Leading the field in Racing Chemistry Research
RASL maintains an active and highly productive research section which aims to keep us at the forefront of racing chemistry to combat an industry always looking for the next “undetectable” doping agent.
In addition to our research focussed on traditional doping agents in racing, in 2012 the Biological Research Unit (BRU) was established at RASL with funding from the State Government of Victoria to target the new generation of performance enhancing proteins and peptides.
This ongoing commitment to R&D has put RASL at the forefront of drug testing laboratories not just in Australia – but worldwide; due to our demonstrated capability to respond to new and emerging threats in a timely and commercial manner, and conduct research at a peer reviewed publication level, making us a bench-mark in drug testing innovation.
Biological Research Unit (BRU): Established to combat new generation doping
The Victorian Governments’ decision to fund the establishment of the BRU has resulted in pioneering work into detection of the new generation performance enhancing proteins and peptides, and is now expanding into gene doping and the potential for other forms of genetic manipulation.
- Successfully developing practical testing solutions to new
- Routine screening for performance enhancing peptides in all
- Only racing laboratory in Australia with a NATA accredited
method for the confirmation of recombinant human EPO (rhEPO)
in equine and canine samples
- Development of NATA accredited methods for testing a broad
range of Drugs of Abuse, Anabolic Steroids and EtG in human hair
- Three publications in scientific journals on detection of
performance enhancing peptides.